Classic Candied Pecans with Warm Spices and a Vegan Option


The candied pecans and other candied nuts that you can buy in stores often contain butter or other milk-based ingredients. But this classic recipe is naturally dairy-free!

Dairy-Free Candied Pecans Recipe with Warm Winter Spices - These toasty glazed pecans are also gluten-free, grain-free, and soy-free with options for paleo, vegan, and egg-free

More than a decade ago, I stumbled upon a recipe for dairy-free spiced pecans on AllRecipes. I was immediately smitten by the sugar and spice combination, but the recipe needed a few tweaks.

I’ve since modified it for perfect results every time, and just the right amount of spice. That said, you can adjust the spices up or down, to taste, if you wish!

You might notice that this recipe for dairy-free candied pecans uses an egg white. If you confuse eggs with dairy, you’re not alone. See this post: Are Eggs Dairy?

And don’t worry, I’ve included an egg-free option should you need vegan candied pecans. I’ve also added a Spicy-Sweet option and a couple of sugar alternatives. All turn out wonderfully delicious.

Dairy-Free Candied Pecans Recipe with Warm Winter Spices - These toasty glazed pecans are also gluten-free, grain-free, and soy-free with options for paleo, vegan, and egg-free

Special Diet Notes: Candied Pecans

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, gluten-free, grain-free, peanut-free, soy-free, plant-based, vegetarian, and paleo optional.

For egg-free and vegan candied pecans, substitute 2 tablespoons aquafaba for the egg white. The aquafaba should also become frothy when whipped.

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Dairy-Free Candied Pecans with Warm Spices
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Serves: 12 servings
  • 1 egg white (see Special Diet Notes above for vegan option)
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 3 cups pecan halves (can substitute other nuts for part or all)
  • ½ cup sugar (see Sugar Options below)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  1. Preheat your oven to 250ºF and line a baking sheet or jelly roll pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the egg white and water until frothy. Add the nuts and stir until well moistened.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and cloves. Sprinkle this mixture over the moistened nuts and stir to combine.
  4. Spread the nuts out on your prepared baking sheet.
  5. Bake for about 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Check on the nuts periodically in the last 15 minutes - they can go from lightly toasted to burnt very quickly!
  6. Slide the aluminum foil or parchment paper with the nuts off the baking sheet, and let them cool completely.
Spicy-Sweet Option: Omit the nutmeg and cloves. Increase the ground cinnamon to 2 teaspoons and add ¼ teaspoon cayenne.

Sugar Options: You can substitute brown sugar for the sugar for a light molasses flavor. Or you an substitute coconut sugar for a less sweet, lower glycemic, paleo-friendly treat.

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Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. I love this recipe. It makes it so easy to make these with no fancy machines or special tools. My family loves this and its been a great way for me to get the extra protein and sugar I need in my diet.

  2. As we do live a low carb lifestyle, I have been meaning to do those low carb way for ages. Thanks for reminding me. I love them big time.

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